Proud Alum!

Posted By: Ryan Oliver
Posted On: March 10th, 2017
Attending: Ulster University

My alma mater, Siena College, made it to the MAAC Championship game and lost by one point to Iona Gaels. This was the only chance the Saints had at making it to the NCAA Tournament. It was an exciting time to be a Siena fan. The Saints were playing their best basketball of the season leading up into the tournament and March was looking very promising.


I’d been following my former team all season long. They’d been up and down but Coach Patsos and his staff got everyone on track and the same page to end the season. In the semi-finals of the MAAC Tournament, Siena took down the #1 seed Monmouth by overcoming a 17-point deficit. Siena has always struggled to get students to the games. With advancing to the conference tournament championship in our home arena in Albany, NY the students came out in full force. As a proud alumnus, I was proud of the support our fans and students showed the squad. Unfortunately, the Saints struggled to score towards the end of the game but I’m beyond proud of my brothers and their effort in the conference tournament. As delivered, Siena Basketball is back!


It was also an amazing time for SCL. Sport Changes Life, the MAAC and Basketball Hall of Fame announced their Belfast Basketball Tournament happening December 2017. It’s a two-day tournament that brings four NCAA DI teams over to participate at the SSE Arena in Belfast. This is huge for Ireland and for basketball. It’s a ground-breaking experience that will only continue to grow bigger and bigger. I’m excited to be a part of an organization that is willing to grow and make changes. Look for this event to be on TV in a couple of years.


Go Saints! 

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